Humor Risk was recorded in various homes and studios in California, New York, New Jersey and Chicago, and was produced by Cass McCombs and Ariel Rechtshaid, with whom he created Wit’s End, and before that, Catacombs.
Humor Risk is an attempt at laughter instead of confusion, chaos instead of morality, or, as fellow Northern Californian Jack London said, “I would rather be ashes than dust!”. Musically, it is more rhythm-based, tempos swifter to nearly rocking, than the sparse Wit’s End. Infectious melodies are outlined by a wry lyricism that expresses the stories of characters from McCombs’ native land. Rather than fulfilling the stereotype of the confessional singer-songwriter, he describes the lifestyles and feelings of those that surround him, with more love than judgment: drugs, Scientology, Western America, and so on, in allegorical form.
Humor Risk portrays yet another façade of this versatile, incredibly talented and much underrated artist.
,,Fünf wunderbaren Alben sei Dank: Cass McCombs erfreut sich im Neo-Folk-
Freundeskreis eines ausgezeichneten Rufs." (Audio, Dezember 2011)
,,Simpel, aber mitreißend: Cass McCombs punktet mit einer großen Portion Spielfreude." (Stereoplay, Dezember 2011)
,,Das neue Album des Amerikaners offenbart die Lust am Tempo, den Spaß am Rock'n'Roll-Gebratze (in Velvet-Underground-Tradition)." (musikexpress, Dezember 2011)
,,Dem Kalifornier gelingen so schöne wie unaufdringliche Songs." (Rolling Stone, Dezember 2011)